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    Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    Anyone else notice some odd behavior with the wheel click in Firefox?

    I've been using the mouse wheel click in Firefox forever. I'm pretty sure this problem arose with the latest updates because I got a bunch of updates yesterday and today's the first day I've seen this.

    Wheel-clicks from a web page open a new tab, just like always.

    But wheel-clicking on a Bookmark replaces the active tab with the Bookmark instead of opening a new tab. To get a bookmark to open without overriding an existing tab I gotta open a new tab first, then left, right, or wheel click the Bookmark. All 3 actions do the same thing.

    I swapped the Logitech M305 wireless mouse for an old wired Dell mouse. The Dell mouse does the same thing, so this looks like a new problem in Firefox? Firefox Help sez it's Firefox 15.0.

    EDIT: Wheel-clicking a tab makes it go away, just like always. So it appears to me that the behavior is only altered when I'm in Bookmarks. Outside of the Bookmarks wheel-clicking seems to work as expected.
    Wheel-clicking the Home icon opens a new tab, so that's working like normal too.
    Wheel-clicking a Bookmark in Chrome behaves as expected. So it's not the mouse.
    Last edited by Bartender; September 6th, 2012 at 11:20 PM.

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    Re: Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    Nobody?

    I logged out of Unity, went to Gnome Classic. Wheel-clicking on a Bookmark, or in History, works like it should. This is on a laptop, running 12.04, Firefox 15.0.

    Our main desktop PC (10.04, Firefox 15.0) works like always.

    So, only in Unity, with Firefox 15.0, the laptop can't tell the difference between a right, wheel, or left-click in the Firefox header/toolbar (or whatever it is you call it). It treats all clicks in Bookmarks, and webpages in History, as a left-click. Outside of the Firefox toolbar/panel the wheel-click works fine. In other words, if I wheel-click on a link on a webpage I get the link in a new tab.

    I'll file a bug report if someone can verify they're seeing the same thing.
    Last edited by Bartender; September 7th, 2012 at 03:00 PM.

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    Re: Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    Unity / Firefox on my system (12.04 64 bit) behaves as you describe; no difference between left, middle and right mous buttons in the bookmark menu. Right clicking an item in the bookmark menu does not open a context menu but indeed opens item in the same tab.
    Last edited by Wim Sturkenboom; September 7th, 2012 at 04:38 PM.
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    Re: Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    OK, thanks, Wim for confirming the behavior!

    At least I'm not the only one.

    I can't get into launchpad. I was there an hour ago, now it doesn't like the password

    WTH
    Last edited by Bartender; September 7th, 2012 at 05:36 PM.

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    Re: Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    opens new tab here
    ff 15 on 10.04 64bit
    maybe cause i have something set in the tab utilities addon
    edit:
    works just like normal on 12.04 even on my guest account
    **currently installing updates
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    still works the same after updates
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    Re: Firefox - mouse wheel click acting differently?

    OK, I'm gonna take a look at that Tab Utilities add-on you mention...

    What's weird though is that wheel-clicking works from a webpage. It's the Firefox tools (Bookmarks, History) that aren't working right.

    I found a Tab Utilities 1.1.5. Will try that.

    Well, I'll be hornswoggled. Tab Utilities fixed the wheel-click issue. I didn't change any settings in Tab Utilities 1.1.5 itself. Just restarted Firefox, took a peek at the Tab Utilities settings, closed the settings and tried wheel-clicking bookmarks.

    I'd prefer to know what caused the problem instead of just adding stuff, but it's working and that's good enough for now.

    On our 32-bit 10.04 FF15.0 desktop PC the wheel-click never went sideways. Just 12.04 laptop, and only in Unity, not Gnome Classic.
    Last edited by Bartender; September 7th, 2012 at 06:55 PM.

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